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Trinity Christian Academy Hires Championship Baseball Coach

Trinity Christian Academy Hires Championship Baseball Coach

Trinity Christian Academy has named Gil Morales as the new head baseball coach for next season. He comes to Trinity from Windermere Prep in the Orlando area where he has coached for the last three years.

Quality Physical Education Must be Maintained in Duval County Public Schools

Today, the Duval County Public School Board will begin to make recommendations to Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals for the 2011-2012 budget. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association understands the school board is working with the best intentions and  is in an unfortunate financial situation. However, the American Heart Association is concerned increasing the class size in art, music, and PE would greatly reduce the quality of instruction.  In addition, it is possible afterschool sports and activities might be reduced or even eliminated and without afterschool transportation many students with working parents would be unable to participate. Students in the lowest family income brackets would be disproportionately impacted and we know these families are often vulnerable to both high rates of obesity and high dropout rates.

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Students at Fletcher Middle Participate in the Opening of the Beaches Parade

Four students from Fletcher Middle School participated in the Opening of the Beaches Parade with Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA). The girls were asked to participate by the FOJA beach committee.

In addition to walking the dogs and hyping the crowd during the parade, the girls designed posters, flyers and decorations for the float. The theme was “Rock Star” and they gave the dogs names such as “Mick Wagger” and “Elvis Pawsley.” The girls continued volunteering at FOJA’s adoption event after the parade. Four of the dogs found potential homes thanks to students’ efforts.

This project began in December during a service-learning lesson in the classroom. During a unit on research and communication, the students studied and discussed pet overpopulation.

Save Duval Schools Works to Raise Public Awareness About Impacts of Planned Education Budget Cuts

During the next few days, Jacksonville citizens will learn that draconian state education funding cuts -- once considered only a threat or bargaining position -- are now real.  Duval schools are facing more than $90 million of funding reductions in next year’s budget, this after five consecutive years of funding cuts.

Duval School Board Holds Final Public Meeting on Proposed Budget Cuts

Duval School Board Holds Final Public Meeting on Proposed Budget Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County Board of Education held its final meeting to allow the public to voice its opinion about proposed budget cuts.

Monday night's meeting, held at Ed White High School, drew another large crowd.

Audience members had the opportunity to weigh in on the potential solutions to close the county's budget hole of more than $75 million: a four-day school week, furloughing teachers, or cutting sports, art and/or music from schools.

Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals said he doesn't have an exact time table for a vote on the matter.
    
He wants to tally all of the public comments and suggestions, first, but Pratt-Dannals did say it would be soon.

Two Duval County Public Schools Students Receive National Achievement Scholarships

Two Duval County Public Schools' seniors were among the names of 800 outstanding Black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship® awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

“These students have shown immense dedication and focus to their education and are inspirations to their peers,” said Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, Ed Pratt-Dannals. “This award signifies the commitment they have made to their school work, and I encourage both of them to continue striving to succeed in post-secondary education.”

JU Masters in Marine Science to Start in Fall of 2011

Jacksonville University is proud to announce our new Master of Science in Marine Science and Master of Arts in Marine Science (MS/MA) degree programs that are opening this fall. Each program is designed to provide its graduates with the specific knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a variety of marine-related positions in industry, government and education, as well as, for entry into doctoral marine science programs.